Nick and Sophy at the event

Kids’ books are no child’s play

Creators of some of the country’s best-known children’s fiction told University of Brighton School of Education students how writing and drawing are not as straight forward as they may seem.

Illustrator Nick Sharratt, winner of the Children’s Book Award, and Sophy Henn, picture book maker and University of Brighton graduate, spoke to students as part of ‘READ TO INSPIRE’, an annual event for the University’s Primary PGCE and Early Years trainee teachers.

The two explained just how complex creating can be: “Picture fiction are complex narratives where both word and image work together to form more than the sum of the parts.” Read More

students with the thoughts board

Student Voice Week

The School of Education held its first Student Voice Week in December.

The event was designed in consultation with students with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of how School of Education students understand the term ‘student voice’ and their experiences of it during their study-lives.

Dr Richard Wallis, Deputy Head of the School of Education, shared the key objective of the project stating that is was to “find out from our student body, what they understand student voice to mean and how it has been most effectively experienced during the course of their study”.

Throughout the week students could visit our stands to chat with student voice ambassadors, add to the ‘thoughts board’, complete a survey and eat cakes and pastries! Over the course of the week the ambassadors were visited by around 150 students. Read More

British Sign Langauge society performing carols

Signing Christmas Carols fundraising event

Well done to the British Sign Language (BSL) society who recently held a Christmas carol service using sign language to raise money for the Brighton, Hove and West Sussex Deaf children’s society.

The society was set up two years ago by Sarah-Beth Parker, who is studying Primary Education (3-7 years) BA(Hons) with QTS. The group is open to all university students and includes members from a variety of courses such as English, nursing, paramedic, graphic design and teaching. Read More

Jigsaw puzzle illustrating the four mentoring options

Mentoring opportunities

“Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee’s life and lasts for a period of time”

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